Internationalizing Curriculum: Framing Theory and Practice in International Schools

Speaker: Michael Wylie 
Institution: Utahloy International School Zengcheng, China

The world is influenced by economic globalization.  How international schools operate within an environment that privileges certain organizations, networks and groups has become increasingly complex. International school communities have become instrumental in forging networks and communities as well as transmitting globalized curriculum and assessment. Students from these schools gain access to the world’s most prestigious universities. The expansion of Information and Communication Technologies and the mobility of a professional teaching force have facilitated this expansion. Yet there are underlying conflicts between the impact of economic globalization and global civil society.  Issues of sustainability, culture, language, values, justice and democracy have emerged that influence the philosophical foundations of international schools. Teacher’s delivery of curriculum is critical in determining the success of a school, but how in practice does the curriculum influence a school? Whilst curriculum is ideological, there is the possibility for a better understanding of globalisation and, in doing so, the potential to improve our global civil society.

Objective of the presentation:

The presentation demonstrates that curriculum in international schools is ideological and continually changing. By exploring globalization and how knowledge is transmitted, relationships between rhetoric and reality in international schools are explored. By understanding the complexities of today’s world, teachers can better prepare students for an unknown future.

References to research:

  • Wylie, Michael. 2007, What is international about international education? : an Australian case study, Ph.D. thesis, School of Education, Deakin University, Australia. 
  • Wylie, M. (2008). Internationalizing curriculum: framing theory and practice in international schools. Journal of Research in International Education, 7(1), 5-19.
  • Wylie, M (2010),   The role of international schools in global networking, In Bates, R Schooling Internationally: Globalisation, Internationalisation and the Future for International Schools, London, Routledge. Pp 21-38
  • Bates, R, Wylie, M et al. (2011) Power and politics in international schooling. Study guide and readings,  Deakin University.
  • Other relevant research projects: 
  • Lee, M, Leung, L, Wright, E, et al. 2013. A study of the International Baccalaureate Diploma in China: Programme’s impact on student preparation for university studies abroad. Hong Kong. Education Policy Unit, Faculty of Education University of Hong Kong.
  • Rizvi, F, Acquaro, D, Quay J, et al. 2014. International Baccalaureate learner profile: A comparative study of implementation, adaptation and outcomes in India, Australia and Hong Kong. Bethesda, MD, USA. International Baccalaureate Organization. Paper presented at the IBO Regional Conference Macau, April 2015.

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